Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns for a third year to The Old Vic, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).
The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol fills the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, a unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story.
‘It’s hard to imagine a more pertinent Christmas tale, delivered with greater atmosphere, theatricality and emotional heft’ - WhatsOnStage
‘It’s magical’ - Time Out
‘Not even Scrooge himself could dislike this’ - The Times
A Christmas Carol (The Old Vic) reviews
Amazing production, outstanding acting and magical touches through the show. The bells were so powerful my godson cried, the snow was such a magical moment that even my mum looked like a child on Christmas Day morning. My daughter said this was the best birthday ever! This show impressed our party of 8 covering ages 6- 70 yrs old which is no easy task and we all left with happy hearts.
Excellent acting! Engaged well with the audience. Clear sound, all the props good fun. All round good night.
A pretty slow first act, taking you up to the ghost of Christmas present, delivered in a somewhat spell binding manner. The second act is just simply exquisite and contains by far my favourite scene in the westend at the moment (you’ll know what I’m referring to when you see it). A sterling performance by Paterson Joseph (Scrooge) who brings a multitude of layers to the character. It’s amazing how he depicts Scrooges transformation over the space of two hours. I was worried about the set design to begin with as it seemed pretty simplistic- by the end I loved it as it lends itself to the immersive nature of the show. My one criticism is that the show ever so slightly lost it’s way as they prepare for Christmas dinner. Flying sprouts and Potatoes down a shoot felt a little misplaced in this period show. My only regret is that I didn’t see it before Christmas as it’s guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.
A show like no other absolutely fantastic. I could see this show over and over again. A must to see I would highly recommend.
I have been to many Christmas shows but I was blown away by the way this play was presented. I have seen A Christmas Carol at the London Palladium with Tommy Steele which I thought could not be topped but I was wrong. Every actor was superb and the atmosphere of the theatre really made the audience feel like they were part of the play. We were given a warm mince pie before the play started which put us in a Christmas mood and the music made everybody want to clap and get involved. I will never forget the beautiful hand bells and wish I could hear them every Christmas. I even closed my eyes to imagine Christmas whilst they were played. I love A Christmas Carol and this is the best I have seen. Brilliant.
Great acting, staging and audience engagement. Really enjoyed the story enhancements
The scrooge actor lifts the whole performance - great fun - not sure about the tiny Tim scenario - rather patronising I thought - seeing and production original and very well executed
I had booked this as a Christmas present for my three goddaughters and their mother . As we arrived we were given hot mince pies and seated in row H next to the stage , Fromthe moment we arrived it was totally immersive with lots of interaction with the amazing cast members. who all looked as if this was where they were meant to be When the play started we were immediatly pulled into it and time flew. The acting and singing were really first class and we were mesmerised by the whole thing, I don't know how I am going to top it for next year
The minimal staging, atmospheric lighting and extraordinary use of the theatre and snow effects complemented the wonderful acting and singing-not to mention the superb bell ringing. I took my nine year old great nephew and he was entranced as each original, thoughtful and emotional element of the story unfolded, keeping true to the Dickens text, whilst bringing aspects up-to-date and relevant for all ages. Tiny Tim brought a tear to my eye and I wish we had been able to see it before Christmas. We were on a high on our journey home and delighted in describing our experiences to the family. Dicken's message was consistently clear and it reminded me of the real meaning of Christmas and just how lucky I am. Thank you. A brilliant start to 2020.
Fantastic, in every way ,set ,lighting ,actors ,could hear every word of every sentence from every actor. Felt i was back in Dickension England.....The warm mince pies were excellent.... looking forward to coming back soon
I very much enjoyed. And thank you for my upgraded ticket
My friend and I always try and see a production of Scrooge for Xmas every year. This was far the best acted performance we have every seen. It kept to the story and was brilliantly acted. it really took back to the time of Scrooge.
What a fantastic production! I am an avid theatre goer and was totally immersed from the beginning to the end of this brilliant Dickens Novel. Fabulous acting, music and staging, a true masterpiece under the roof of one of the best theatres in London.
Great staging and acting. Atmosphere for a Victorian Christmas really set as you soon as you enter.
Brilliant cast, amazing set, great music (including the hand bells!)
The overall adaptation was great and I thought that the pace was just right. It was ideal for the younger audience. We went after Christmas but it made us feel "christmasy" all over again. There was lots of interaction with the audience and this made it feel relaxed and fun.
We found this an outstanding, memorable and highly enjoyable production. Cast and audience were perfectly aligned. The festive music was of a high standard & cleverly integrated into the production. Well worth seeing.
Fantastic production. If it's on next year, I'll be booking tickets for the whole family instead of xmas presents!
We all loved Christmas Carol! The music & carols that ran throughout were beautiful. Really enjoyed seeing the orchestra elevated, particularly as music played such an important part.
A complete delight from the moment we walked into the theatre. Mince pies and clementines on arrival to our seats. Central stage that gave every seat a prefect view. Don’t want to give anything away, the staging and the show were better than we imagined. Would definitely recommend!
My husband and I were so moved by this excellent and cleverly constructed production of Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol'. Such a lovely touch, to be offered warm mince pies from the kind Victorian gentleman, as we entered the auditorium. What a festive welcome alongside other things!!!! The musicians on stage were superb to ease us effortlessly in to the show. I won't say too much more as I don't want to spoil the surprises this show brings! Just one more thing! The acting was out of this world, but I really loved the Celtic feel to my favourite Carols. The unique arrangements of them and the beautiful bell ringing touched my heart, as did Tiny Tim, played by Lenny Rush! Bravo to this angelic child who we fell in love with . His parents must be SO very proud of him! I went out with tear stains of joy on my face!!! Hubby wept too. CONGRATRULATIONS TO THE WHOLE CAST AND CREW!!!! XXXX
Great production. Cast were brilliant. I go every year And enjoy every performance. Linda england
Loved every moment of it and want to see it again. Would highly recommend.
This show was magical from start to finish. The stage extends right out into the audience and you are drawn into the action from the outset . Cast members are on stage and amongst the audience when you arrive handing out warm mince pies and satsumas and others are playing instruments . The cast also play hand bells during the performance which make a beautiful sound . The acting is brilliant and the ghostly special effects make it suitably eerie. It even snows inside the theatre at some points - it will make you feel Christmassy even when Christmas is all over. I LOVED it .
An excellent production with superb bell ringing and singing. The 'snow' was great too. The mince pies and satsumas were a lovely touch and all in all, it was very Christmassy.
Loved everything. It's an old story, but I hung on every word and so did my family. The actors are very good, particularly the man playing the Scrooge. His face is so expressive. Then the bit at the end with the snow and a little bit of audience participation. It was all so good. A lot of fun and a great night in London.
We really enjoyed seeing A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic with a group of different ages. The theatre design was simply but very effective with hundreds of illuminated lanterns and a cross shaped stage in the middle where audiences can enjoy the play from different angles. Fantastic energetic acting and many memorable and unexpected moments. Really enjoyable with an important message.
I have really enjoyed the play. The snow the songs have created a Christmassy atmosphere.
Joyous it was full,of so much talent a great show.
Wonderfully done! Loved it!
I have already told all my friends it’s a must for next year , absolute fabulous xx
Great production. A great show for the while family at Christmas
Great performance!! My son and husband who don't care for plays liked it!! My girls and I loved it!! will see again if I'm ever in London again on Christmas holiday!! Put us all in the holiday spirit!!
An amazing production which teenage boys and parents all thoroughly enjoyed. Multi talented performers brought the play to life and being enveloped in the performance wrapped around us from all angles added to the drama and richness of the event. Great staging, music and a number of surprises but still staying true to Dickens and the Victorian context. A real triumph and strongly recommended.
Excellent atmosphere made early on with warm mince pies. Clever staging and use of environment
From the moment you enter the theatre, the Staff and actors draw you in and you feel transported into 1865. Throughly enjoyed every moment from the minced pie and oranges the actors generously give to the audience, set design, costumes, lighting, musicians, dance choreography, and amazing, talented actors!
We enjoyed every magical moment of this play and left with the spirit of Christmas in our hearts. Beautiful props, music and acting with an empathetic twist on Scrooge’s backstory. Highly recommend!
I traveled from N. Ireland to take my grandchildren, Callum and Ruby, who live in Surrey to see A Christmas Carol as their Christmas treat. Unfortunately when the great day arrived Callum was ill and was unable to travel with us to London. However, my husband and Ruby and I thoroughly enjoyed the the atmosphere and the magic of the production. A lovely touch, incidentally, was the "pie man" coming around the audience with mince pies. The setting in the "round" was very effective and allowed the audience to almost feel part of the story. The setting, costumes, acting, singing, and particularly the bell ringers were all wonderful; and when the snow started to fall I was overcome with joy. Strangely, I attended, along with two friends, the very same version of A Christmas Carol in The Gate Theatre in Dublin a week before. It was wonderful too. Thanks to everyone involved in this very uplifting experience.
Watched this last year. This year was better. Patterson Joseph was brilliant in the role of scrooge. It's a magical experience that left me blubbing like a baby.
Wonderful old fashioned Christmas theatre experience - touching and humorous, the cast, music and effects were amazing. Will definitely be an annual tradition in our house from now on!
Superb - such a feel good production. Five star acting music and singing. Such clever use of the stage. A very imaginative interpretation of the story. The cast seemed as if they were thoroughly enjoying themselves. Lovely mince pies and oranges - what a nice touch.
First class performance throughout with strong performance from central character. Lots of touching moments and festive fun hitting the right note for Christmas.
Outstanding performance from every cast member (really don’t want to say this as worried will not get tickets next year ) its a show everyone should go to see! This is our 2nd year and equally as magical as last year Bravo !!!
I have seen this production for 3 years running. this is the best year yet, I am a massive xmas fan and every time I come I leave genuinely moved, almost changed. I have bought tickets for everyone I know and the magic of this scrooge and all its special touches leaves it streets ahead of anything else you will see. my eternal gratitude to the team that put this astonishingly good piece of theatre together! five stars are not enough!
Great Christmas show with strong social message.
It's the third time we've seen it and we'll be back again next year if you continue. One of the best stage productions we have ever seen. Truly magical.
Fantastic show. Had a great time. Acting brilliant
I took my twin grand daughters who are 8 to the matinee on Saturday. We all much enjoyed the show, the staging really involved the audience, they loved the 'snow' and the brussel sprout parachutes!
What a fantastic evening. From the warm mince pies and mulled wine to the magical snow and bell ringers. A true classic made extra special with the humbling story behind it and the charity it is supporting. A very moving heartfelt start to Christmas. 'God bless us all'
No refunds or exchanges available after purchase
2 hours and 5 minutes including the interval.
Suitable For Children
Suitable for ages 8+
When Can I Go
Saturday 23rd November 2019 - Saturday 18th January 2020
Where Do I Go
The Old Vic
The Cut, London